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Available Now – adizero Takumi Sen & Takumi Ren

They have landed!

adizero Takumi Sen (racer) – $229

Takumi Sen, US 9 - 175g
Takumi Sen, US 9 – 175g

adizero Takumi Ren – $209

Takumi Ren, US 9 - 200g
Takumi Ren, US 9 – 200g

We’ve tried to pull in as many pairs as we could get our hands on.  We cannot be certain if we will be able to get more stock of these models this season.

5 Minute Review – adidas adizero Hagio 2

Alistair Brownlee wore the adidas adizero Hagio 2 on his way to winning the Olympic Triathlon gold last year in London.  He ran 29min07sec for the 10km (after swimming 1.5km and riding 40km).  While I’m sure most of that was due to A.Brownlee being ridiculously quick, the Hagio 2 has got to be a fast pair of shoes to keep up with him.

I think this is colourway is called InfraRed
I think this is colourway is called InfraRed

The Hagio was brought in as a replacement for the adizero Pro 4 and the Hagio 2 continues where it left off.  Using the same midsole as the Pro 4, the full forefoot adiprene+ gives the Hagio 2 great response and cushioning.

170g for a US8
170g for a US8

The Hagio 2 has a Sprint Web upper that is seamless and extremely comfortable.  This is the same upper that is found on on the adidas spikes.  The Coolever mesh upper is very breathable and this is is quite possibly even more comfortable when worn without socks.  I have very delicate feet and usually blister at the smallest thing, but I experienced no hint of irritation at all so far.

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I did feel a bit of heel slippage when I tried these on the treadmill.  The heel cup is cut fairly low so runners that are used to more built up shoes might find this freedom around the ankle to be a bit unsettling initially.  However, after a quick re-lacing of the Hagio 2 to make use of the last eyelet, everything seems A-okay.  The Hagio 2 also has a 6mm heel drop.

Ever present Torsion in the outsole
Ever present Torsion in the outsole

A improvement that many runners will appreciate will be the full forefoot Quickstrike that not only increases the shoe’s flexibility and feel, it is also supposed to significantly improve it’s durability.  The Hagio 2 offers very good traction over all surfaces and the ever-present Torsion system ensures that as little energy is wasted after toe off.

Overall, I think the Hagio 2 is a nice option if you’re looking for a racing flat with a nice amount of cushioning.  This is unlikely to be your go-to shoe for every day training, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much cushioning you feel when you’re running in the Hagio 2 so a tempo run in them is definitely on the cards.  It is not as harsh some other racing flats are, but they are responsive and will do great for anything from your 2.4km IPPT to a half marathon.  There will be some of you that will fancy this for the full marathon as well.  With a couple of local races coming up, triathletes looking for a sockless option for race days will also want to remember the Hagio 2.

The adidas adizero Hagio 2 retails for $169 and is available now at The Runner’s Gait.

Brand New adidas for Spring 2013

Spring is always an exciting time for running shoes.  Many of the big brands drop their new racers and lightweight trainers as the racing season starts to pick up.

We’ve got 2 shoes from adidas to kick off Spring 2013.

The first is the adidas adizero Adios 2.  This shoe needs no introduction.  Worn by numerous champions, this is the shoe that set the marathon world record.  It receives a colour update for this season.

Marathon?  No problem!  These shoe eat marathons for breakfast.
Marathon? No problem! These shoe eat marathons for breakfast.

The 2nd shoe we have is something we’re very excited about.  The adidas adizero Takumi Ren is the brother of adidas’ premier racer, the Takumi Sen.

The Takumi Ren is supposed to be the slightly heavier, more cushioned trainer, but at 205g for a men’s US 9.5, it seems pretty light to us!  We’ve heard that these are gonna be on a pretty limited run here in Singapore so we’re trying to get hold of as many of them as possible.  Lightweight, extremely breathable racing upper, high traction outsole and high-performance cushioning make this is very cool shoe to have as the season gets going.

People actually get out of the way when they see you running in these
People actually get out of the way when they see you running in these

The Adios 2 retails for $189 and the Takumi Ren retails for $199.  Available now at

New Shoes, New Shoes!

Ahhh…there’s nothing quite as enjoyable as unboxing new shoes, is there??  No one else agrees…?  Just me then…?

Ok, be that as it may, we’ve got a few new shoes in the store today, 2 from Nike and 2 from adidas.

First up, we have the adidas adizero Adios 2.  This is an upgrade to their ultra popular marathon racer.  Even before this shoe was released to the public, it was already on the feet of the pros, breaking records around the world.  With Continental rubber for extra traction and a great fit, this is a racer that will go the distance.

adizero adios 2 – $189

Next, the adidas adizero Mana 7.  I’m happy to see that they’ve shaved some weight off the previous iteration of this model.  The Mana 7 looks and feels like a faster shoe.  It is a lightweight trainer that you would not mind wearing to the races.  Runners that experience mild pronation when they run will like that the small support block in the midsole does not detract from the snappy response of the Mana 7.

adizero Mana 7 – $169

Flywire makes its return to Nike’s top of the line racer, the Lunarspider R3.  The upper is constructed from a single layer Mono Diva Mesh that along with the flywire, provides a good amount of support from such a lighweight shoe.  The upper can be a little stiff at the beginning, although a wearing-in period for the R3 seems to take care of any issues.  Compared to the R2, the heel drop has been reduced ever so slightly.  The full length Lunarlon midsole delivers a smooth transition from initial contact through to toe off.  You’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’re flying while in these shoes.

Nike Lunarspider R3 – $189

Keeping this simple, we have a colour update to the popular Nike Zoom Speed Lite ST+ 4.  With many of Nike’s offerings being built off the Lunar platform, this is one of the remaining performance trainers that use the trusty Zoom Air platform.  This has always been one of my favourite pairs of trainers.  It is lightweight enough for tempo work and the small block of support just behind the arch of the shoe will be well received by the mild pronators amongst us.  There are no super fancy add-ons or flashing lights with the Speed Lite, but what you get is a shoe that delivers the goods run after run after run.

Nike Zoom Speed Lite ST+ 4 – $189

All shoes are available now!

Adidas Adizero Adios for women – Some Pictures

Hey all, I would review the Adidas Adizero Adios for women if I could but I really don’t want to stretch out a perfectly good pair of shoes (we did a review of the Adios for men earlier this year and you can read it here).  So here are some photos so you can have a better look!

195g for a women’s US8
this is a good looking shoe

The outsole is slightly different from the last pair of Adios that we managed to get our hands on.  Still there are the Torsion system and the mix of blown rubber (pink) & Quickstrike (black dots).  A new feature is the addition of Sticky Rubber which will improve the amount of traction.

Slightly different outsole from the previous Adios we reviewed
A good pick for your year end marathon

The Adidas Adizero Adios for women is available NOW at The Runner’s Gait.

The 5 Minute Review: Adidas Adizero Feather

New from Adidas for the last quarter of the year is the Adidas Adizero Feather.

Adizero Feather for men (black colourway)

Why is this a “5 Minute Review”?  That’s because I literally wore these shoes for 5 mins, which included a minute and a half on the treadmill.  So here’s a very brief, first impression of these shoes. 

185g for a US8

Weighing in at a featherweight (get it?  featherweight?  the shoe is called the ‘Feather”?  no?  ok less comedy, more reviewing) 185g for a US8, this shoe is touted as Adidas’ lightest trainer ever.  If your first thought was that this looks more like a soccer boot than a running shoe, its not your eyes playing tricks on you.  The Feather is actually modelled after the very popular Adizero F50 soccer boot.  The Feather uses a open mesh SPRINTWEB upper that is reinforced in key areas to provide great support, comfort and breathability.

the unique SPRINTFRAMEYes, thats a hole in the outsole
What’s interesting about this shoe is really the outsole.  Adidas utilises their SPRINTFRAME which had full forefoot adPRENE+, usual Adidas features Torsion and adiWEAR are also there.  The SPRINTFRAME is actually missing parts of the outsole that you would expect to see in a ‘traditional’ shoe.  This helps with the weight reduction of the shoe I’m sure and does not compromise the level of cushioning.  In fact, I was very surprised at the responsiveness and cushioning of the Feather. 
 
Standing around in the Feather, they are very comfortable but I had my concerns about how much support they would provide for me, the runner low arched feet.  Once you start running in them though, the SPRINTFRAME provides a nice responsive ride and I personally wasn’t worried about pronation (and believe me, I pronate quite a bit). 
A nice option in the lightweight trainer category
 
 The Feather runs true to size and the upper has a narrower fit as you’d expect from a shoe in this category.  It is a comfortable shoe but I would recommend socks as it does not appear to have a no-sew construction in the upper.  My only gripe is that owing to the unique shape of the SPRINTFRAME, it felt like there was a linear bump running across my midfoot when I put my weight down which coincided with the area of the outsole that was removed from its construction.  Without more time in the shoe, it is hard to know if it is something you get used to.
 
Overall, an interesting shoe that is worth checking out if you’re looking for something a little different in terms of design.  A responsive, well cushioned shoe in a lightweight package.
 
Available NOW at The Runner’s Gait.
 

Preview: New Footwear for October!

As we approach the last quarter of the year, here’s a quick preview of some of the new footwear that will be landing in The Runner’s Gait very very soon!

What’s in this post:

  • we’ve got a new colour way for a big time fan favourite – the Adidas Adizero Adios for women
  • next up, the Brand NEW Adizero Feather for men.  This is the lightest training shoe released by Adidas and is modelled after the wildly popular Adizero F50 soccer boot.
  • The New Balance RC1400 is the latest shoe to be built using the new Revlite platform.  Available in both men’s and women’s models.
    Adizero Adios for women
    Adizero Feather for men

    New Balance RC1400 for women and men

Polling Day Special!

PAP??  Opposition??  It doesn’t matter!!

Not while you’re at The Runner’s Gait anyway.  We don’t draw political lines and don’t fly any party flags.  Regardless of who you vote for on 7 May 2011, its cool!

As part of the festivities of the most exciting General Election in years, we’ve got a sweet deal for you!

On 7 may 2011, Saturday – Polling Day, we’re offering 20% off all Adidas products in the store! 

who needs lift upgrading when you've got these??

Adizero Adios, Ace, Mana and Tempo (men’s and women’s), you’re spoilt for choice!

Happy voting, see you tomorrow!

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